Lincoln city council passes “fairness ordinance”

The updated ordinance now goes to the mayor, who has spoken in favor of it several times. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The city of Lincoln is moving forward with its “fairness ordinance” after it city council passed the proposal Monday.

This will redo an entire section of Lincoln’s equal opportunity code and it’s been on hold in some form for about a decade now.

The “fairness ordinance” provides protections against discrimination for sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran or military status.

Councilwoman Sandra Washington is behind this latest push. She says a lot of concerns she heard during last week’s meeting were unfounded.

“Our updates to the definition of race takes us further in addressing racism in the workplace,” she said during Monday’s meeting. “And the updates to disability and service animals brings title 11 in alignment with current federal laws. It provides a greater degree of safety for individuals with disabilities as they access public accommodations.

“All of these are good things. Each of these steps puts our community’s belief in dignity and respect into action.

The updated ordinance now goes to the mayor, who has spoken in favor of it several times.

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